Reviewed as having “the most expressive conducting hands since Stokowski” by the New York Daily News, Maestro Parodi has worked extensively in North America, Latin America and Asia. Some of his credits include Carmen, Les pêcheurs de perles, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Les contes d’Hoffmann and Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Tampa; Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires for New York City Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Opera Hispánica and Opera Grand Rapids; Rodriguez’ Frida for The Atlanta Opera; Lucrezia Borgia and I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Buenos Aires Lírica (Argentina); The Turn of the Screw for the Castleton Festival in Virginia and The Banff Centre (Canada); Roméo et Juliette, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La traviata, Pagliacci and Faust for Savannah OPERA; Les contes d’Hoffmann and Die Fledermaus for Opera Orlando; ¡Figaro!(90210) for Chautauqua Opera; and L’enfant et les sortilèges for The Juilliard School. He led the World Premiéres of Anton Coppola’s Lady Swanwhite for Opera Tampa, Michael Ching’s The Birthday Clown for Savannah OPERA; and John Musto’s Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt in a coproduction of On Site Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago Lyric’s Unlimited and Pittsburgh Opera-. Last season he made his debut at Amarillo Opera for their Opera Gala; at Gulfshore Opera with Tosca; and at the Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera conducting the Schwabacher Summer Concert. This season he makes his debut at New Orleans Opera with Charlie Parker’s Yardbird and at El Paso Opera with La Traviata; and he returns to Tampa for Norma, Amarillo for Rigoletto; Gulfshore Opera for Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni; and Williamsburg for Don Giovanni.
Jorge Parodi has worked with a wide range of ensembles, as the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán (Mexico), the NHK Symphony (Japan), the Ensamble XXI and the Orquesta del Conservatorio Nacional (Argentina), the Castleton Festival Orchestra, the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble Zipoli for the American Baroque, and the Juilliard Pre College Orchestra among others. He has worked with such companies as the Teatro Colón in Argentina, the Volgograd Opera in Russia, the Encuentros Internacionales de Opera in Mexico and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel. He has collaborated with such artists as Isabel Leonard, Nancy Herrera, Eglise Gutiérrez, Tito Capobianco, Sherrill Milnes, Aprile Millo and Rufus Wainwright and has assisted conductors Lorin Maazel and Julius Rudel, among others.
Recently, Maestro Parodi was appointed Artistic Director of the Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs (VOICExperience and Savannah VOICE Festival). The Savannah VOICE Festival is a celebration of the classical voice with over 25 performances, including operas, concerts and masterclasses. The Festival and its sister organization, the VOICExperience, which helps young artists pursue their careers in the performing arts, were founded by opera legend Sherrill Milnes and soprano Maria Zouves. They work together to serve the community by providing the highest level of education and quality performances by talented artists for all to enjoy. Maestro Parodi recently directed Faust at the SFV, and in previous seasons he led productions of Pagliacci, La Traviata, Roméo et Juliette and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Within the framework of the 2022 Festival, he programmed events that included artists of the caliber of Frederica von Stade, James Morris, Sherrill Milnes, Fabrizio Melano, Trey Smagur and Federico de Michelis among others.
Maestro Parodi is also the General and Artistic Director of Opera Hispánica, the premier company in the United Sates focused on the Hispanic vocal repertoire and on the Latin perspective. With Opera Hispánica, maestro Parodi performed with such artists as Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Eglise Gutiérrez and Metropolitan Opera star, Isabel Leonard. He conducted OH’s production of Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires, which The New York Times described as “excellent.” Opera Hispánica’s programming included a production of de Falla’s El Amor Brujo featuring Spanish opera superstar Nancy Fabiola Herrera in collaboration with Teatro Grattacielo; Y Volveré, a solo recital featuring Verónica Villarroel, and the American premiere of the first Guarani opera, Diego Sanchez Haase’s Ñomongeta, in coproduction with the Americas Society and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Upcoming is the presentation of the Niños Cantores de Morelia from the Conservatorio de las Rosas (the oldest in the Americas) at the Missions of San Antonio (an UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Parodi was recently appointed Music Director of Gulfshore Opera in Southwest Florida, where last season conducted Die Fledermaus and Tosca with the Naples Philharmonic, and this season he will lead productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni. He is also the Music Director of Opera in Williamsburg (Virginia), where he has conducted Rigoletto, Il trovatore, L’elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, La cenerentola and Così fan tutte, among other titles.
Mr. Parodi has been a faculty member at The Juilliard School for over a decade and is Vocal Coach of the premier Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. He has been recently appointed Music Director of the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia (Mexico), and he is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Tokyo International Vocal Arts Academy Summer Workshop, an intense program for pianists and singers in the early stages of their professional career. Maestro Parodi was the Music Director of the Senior Opera Theatre at the Manhattan School of Music, where he led its productions for twelve seasons to critical acclaim, including Schubert’s Die Verschworenen –that the New York Times praised as being “superbly performed”– and the American premieres of Le Roi l’a dit by Délibes and Nina by Paisiello. His work with MSM Senior Opera Theater was featured in an interview published in the March ’18 edition of Opera News. He was a long time faculty member of the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, one of the world’s foremost summer opera training programs. With IVAI he taught at the Nagano Opera Master Class (Japan) and at the Inaugural Opera Master Class in conjunction with China National Opera (Beijing). He has also been a faculty member of Artescenica (Mexico), and the International Institute of Vocal Arts (Puerto Rico). He has offered master classes at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Manhattan School of Music (as coteacher with opera legend Martina Arroyo), the Escuela Superior de Canto (Madrid), the Kunitachi Music College (Tokyo) and Senzoku Gakuen Music College (Tokyo).
A prizewinner at the Bienal de Arte of Buenos Aires, Mr. Parodi completed studies in Conducting and Piano Performance at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música of Buenos Aires. He holds a Masters degree in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan as a full-scholarship student of the eminent accompanist, Martin Katz. He participated in the recording of the complete edition of the music for piano by Muzio Clementi with Denon Essentials and is featured in recordings for Albany Records and MSR Classics